How to Turn On a Microphone on Windows 10 and 11

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2024 by

If you’re having trouble getting your microphone to work on your Windows 10 or 11 computer, you’re not alone. Many users struggle with microphone issues, whether it’s not being able to hear sound or not being heard by others. In this article, we’ll go over some troubleshooting steps and tips for setting up your microphone on Windows 10 and 11.

Check Your Microphone Settings

Before diving into more complex troubleshooting, make sure your microphone is turned on and set as the default recording device. To do this, right-click on the speaker icon in the bottom right corner of your screen and select “Open Sound Settings.” Under the “Input” section, make sure your microphone is selected and the volume is turned up. If it’s not, click on the drop-down menu and select your microphone.

Update Your Audio Drivers

Outdated or corrupted audio drivers can cause issues with your microphone. To update your audio drivers, go to the Device Manager by right-clicking on the Start button and selecting “Device Manager.” Expand the “Audio inputs and outputs” section and right-click on your microphone. Select “Update driver” and follow the prompts to update your drivers.

Check Your Privacy Settings

Windows 10 and 11 have privacy settings that allow you to control which apps have access to your microphone. If your microphone is not working with a specific app, check your privacy settings to make sure the app has permission to use your microphone. To do this, go to Settings > Privacy > Microphone and toggle on the “Allow apps to access your microphone” option. Then, make sure the app you’re using has permission to use your microphone.

Run the Audio Troubleshooter

Windows 10 and 11 have built-in troubleshooters that can help identify and fix common audio issues. To run the audio troubleshooter, go to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot. Under “Find and fix other problems,” select “Playing Audio” and then click on “Run the troubleshooter.” Follow the prompts to complete the troubleshooter.

Check Your Microphone Hardware

If none of the above solutions work, it’s possible that there is an issue with your microphone hardware. Check to make sure your microphone is properly connected to your computer and that there are no physical damages. You can also try using a different microphone to see if the issue is with the hardware or the computer.

Reinstall Your Audio Drivers

If your microphone is still not working, you may need to reinstall your audio drivers. To do this, go to the Device Manager and right-click on your microphone. Select “Uninstall device” and then restart your computer. Windows will automatically reinstall the drivers when you restart.

By following these troubleshooting steps, you should be able to get your microphone working on your Windows 10 or 11 computer. If you’re still having issues, it may be helpful to reach out to a professional for further assistance.

Have you had any microphone troubles on your Windows computer? Let us know in the comments.

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